By Micha Green
AFRO D.C. Editor
mgreen@afro.com

Howard University (HU) Athletics announced the passing of former football player Sean Boynes, who passed away on April 2, from complications of the novel coronavirus.

Before becoming a Bison, Boynes fostered his football career in the D.M.V., including about two miles northeast of the University at Gonzaga College High School. 

The D.M.V. was not only his home, but also Boynes’ pride and joy and he spread that delight of his hometown with others.

“Sean was a great person to be around at all times and represented all things D.C.,” said Maryland Delegate Jay Walker (D-26), who was quarterback of the Bison football team during Boynes’ time on the squad.  “He loved the D.M.V. area and all those who represented D.C.– HU, Gonzaga for sure. He was one of the first people to introduce me to GoGo music. He always had a smile on his face and was the person you liked being around.”

Boynes played with the Bison football team from 1991-1993, where he served as both a defensive back and wide receiver and was renowned for his “man coverage skills,” thus garnering the nickname ‘Bump-N-Run,’ according to Howard University Athletics.

He was a member of the legendary 1993 Bison Football team, which went undefeated in the regular season and earned the squad a National Black College Championship. 

Boynes was more than an athlete. He was an academic with a passion for science.

Earning all his degrees from Howard University, Boynes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology in 1995, Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology in 1997 and a received his PharmD in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration in 2002.

Boynes served in the medical profession for more than 15 years, beginning his career as a staff pharmacist at Scott Air Force Base.  For eight years, he worked at the John Hopkins Bayview Medical center as an outpatient pharmacy manager. Most recently, Boynes served as the pharmacist in charge (PIC) at AbsoluteCARE Mexican Center and Pharmacy in Greenbelt, Maryland.

With his work as a leading pharmacist, Boynes served on the frontlines during the COVID-19 pandemic.  He posted a photo on his Facebook page on March 18 with the words, “I can’t stay home, I’m a pharmacist- Frontliner.”

“He was on the frontline and I’m sure he made it easy to come to work during trying times. Although he lost his fight I know he made an impact on those in need,” Walker said.

Boynes is survived by his wife Nicole and two daughters.

“Losing Sean hits close to home,” Walker told the AFRO. “It’s a reality check that all of us are at risk. He was a husband and father first and foremost and a friend to many. Rest In Peace Sean.”